Welcome! We're so glad you're here!

Our church is a place where all are invited in to discover who God is and the purpose He has for all of us in His story. We think church should be one of the most engaging and exciting places on the planet—a place where people of any and all backgrounds can experience a God who is real and relevant in their lives today. And that's exactly what we want to help you do!

 

If you've been following God your entire life, you're welcome here. If you're new to faith, you're welcome here. If you're not really sure you believe in God at all, you're welcome here. No matter where you are on the road to faith, we want to walk alongside you. Our hope is that as you join us on the journey, you'll discover a God who is active, alive, and at work in your life.

Already?

It is difficult to imagine! It seems we just took down the trees, and Chrismons, and

candles from Advent and Christmas. It seems the celebration and realization of Epiphany is still

fresh in our minds. All this is understandable. It has only been a month, or less, since these

things took place! And now, we’re thinking about Easter? Well, perhaps not everyone is.

Though we are. At least, we are preparing to…

The church is big on being prepared. One might say our whole earthly existence is a

time to prepare for what comes next. We seek to live in a way here and now that prepares us

for our eternity. It makes sense that we have seasons of preparation in our shared worship.

Just as Advent prepared us for Christmas and Epiphany, we now ready our hearts for another

holy season. We are set to begin a new time of preparation.

This month, we begin the holy season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday

(February 14th). Lent is a season of 40 days (not counting Sundays) wherein we ponder and

practice many things. We think of Jesus and his time in the wilderness, and the many physical

and spiritual challenges faced in that time. We ponder our own mortality, and contemplate our

own struggles of mind, body and spirit. It is also a tradition that we look to take on something,

or let go of something, that will cause us to pay closer attention to these things. Lent is a

season that prepares us. It prepares us for the celebration of the Resurrection, and then the

coming of God’s Holy Spirit. Though it also prepares us to grow closer to the Living God, in any

time or season.

We will begin these 40 days with an evening time of worship on Ash Wednesday. We

will mark the beginning of our shared journey through the imposition of ashes—a sign of both

our broken human nature and our hope to draw closer to God.

It is our prayer that you receive our welcome invitation! We invite you to join us for

worship, study, service, celebration, and all we do to draw nearer to the Living God in Christ

Jesus. We hope you will come along for the journey. Traveling together is always better!

Peace be with you,

Matthew M. Smith

Pastor, Hazel Green United Methodist Church


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Sundays at HGUMC

Church can be an intimidating place to visit — especially if you don’t know what to expect. We invite you to experience what the gospel means both intellectually and relationally at one of our Sunday worship services. You can engage with others and find places for your whole family to connect. We hope that through visiting with us, you will experience the hope, love and joy that comes from a community of people who love Jesus.

Worship

Let's Gather Together in Praise!

Traditional Worship

Sundays 8:30 am

with a choir

in the Sanctuary

Contemporary worship

Sundays 10:30 am

with a band

in the CLC



Evening worship

Sundays 6:30 pm

in the Sanctuary